The people are casual and, given that it’s unusual to have more than about a dozen visitors at a time on the island, the residents still take a friendly interest when someone new is in town.
Impressive ruins on the connected island of Lelu date from around the 14th century. Though the outskirts of the massive royal city have been torn down, the remaining ruins still give the feeling of being in an ancient, hidden city.
Kosrae has unspoiled coral reefs close to shore that are suitable for both walk-in and boat diving. Underwater visibility can easily be 30m (100ft), and in summer as much as 60m (200ft). The Blue Hole in Lelu harbours coral heads, lionfish, stingrays and barracuda.